Financial Aid


Retaining the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS)

To continue to receive the lottery scholarship year after year, you must meet continuing eligibility requirements regarding GPA and enrollment status, as well as Satisfactory Academic Progress.

GPA Requirements

  • Maintain 2.75 cumulative TELS GPA after the first 24 and 48 TELS attempted credit hours
  • Maintain 3.0 cumulative TELS GPA after attempting 72, 96, and 120 TELS attempted credit hours
  • At the 72- hour benchmark and subsequent benchmarks, a student may provisionally qualify with a 2.75 cumulative TELS GPA and a 3.0 semester GPA. Grades for all courses taken after high school graduation, including repeated courses, are included in the TELS GPA.

Continuous Enrollment

Students must enroll no later than 16 months after graduation from high school or home school. GED students must enroll within 16 months of the GED test date.

Students may enroll in as little as one credit hour and remain eligible for future semesters; however, all TELS recipients must enroll at least half -time (6 credit hours) every semester to receive the scholarship for that semester. A TELS recipient is not required to attend during summer terms; however, all summer courses will be included in the TELS attempted hours and GPA.

Repeat Provision

You can repeat a single class and request that the earlier grade be excluded from the TELS GPA. (A student can repeat multiple classes according to the institutional policy, but only ONE grade may be excluded for TELS purposes). When you reach the next benchmark (48, 72, 96 TELS attempted hours) AFTER the course is repeated, the excluded grade will not be considered in determining whether the student meets the GPA requirement.

A student must submit the “Class Repeat with a Better Grade” form to the TTU Office of Financial Aid in order to request that the repeated grade be excluded.